Supreme Court Restrains Police From Arresting Teesta Seetalvad Until Tomorrow

12/02/2015 5:03 PM IST | Updated 19/09/2016 1:16 AM IST
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A team of Gujarat Police and Mumbai police Thursday reached the home of social activist Teesta Setalvad after a Gujarat court declined her plea for anticipatory bail in a case relating to alleged embezzlement but the apex court restrained her arrest.

Setalvad, 53 and her husband Javed Anand, both former journalists-turned activists, faced possible arrest in the case.

However the Supreme Court restrained police from arresting the duo.

A bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu, while restraining police from arresting Setalvad and her husband for one day, directed the listing of the matter Friday.

The court gave the order after counsel Kapil Sibal mentioned the matter before it.

Setalvad and her husband have fighting for the victims of the communal carnage which engulged Gujarat following the Godhra train incident of Feb 27, 2002.

The couple, and some others have been accused of allegedly misappropriating around Rs.15 million collected through their NGO Sabrang Trust, for setting up a museum at the Gulbarga Society in Ahmedabad where around 69 people were killed during the communal conflagration.

The complaint against Setalvad was filed by 12 residents of the society after the plans for the proposed museum were put in cold storage citing various issues.

However, Setalvad - whose bail plea was rejected by a lower court in March 2014 - has termed the allegations as "politically motivated".

Earlier Tuesday, the Gujarat High Court rejected the anticipatory bail pleas filed by Setalvad, Anand, Tanvir Jafri, son of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots, and Firoze Gulzar, a resident of the Gulbarga Society in Ahmedabad.

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